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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-03-30

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-03-30

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Shakedown Street, It's All Over Now, Stagger Lee, Good Time Blues, Box Of Rain, Loser, Cassidy Iko Iko, Saint Of Circumstance-> He's Gone-> Jam-> Drums-> Space-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Master Soundboard Cassette (Ultr-Matrix Mix) > Reel to Reel > PCM > CDR


Master Soundboard Cassette (Ultr-Matrix Mix) > Reel to Reel > PCM > CDR


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2014
Subject: --
Pretty much irresistible. Shakedown to open set 1 and Loser/Cassidy to close? Hot *damn* yes! Phil's 'Box' doesn't quite work, but oh well...

Set 2 is rather odd pre-drums (although that He's Gone really does take its sweet, sweet time), but post-drums is absolutely amazing. Not Fade Away is just insane!
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2014
Subject: Philly Phaithful Unite
I'm diggin' the sound on this one. I was at this show and was very happy to be seeing the band again after attending the 86' RFK shows. There was a point when I thought it might be over and when Jerry bounced back, all was right in my world again~! So their 1st shows back in Philly were huge. Philly is home and there is much love for the Grateful Dead in the city of brotherly love~!! This night is my favorite out of the three. They settled in the 1st night and than rocked the house this 2nd night. Solid 1st set and the 2nd set just cooks. The He's gone is off the hook and the Truckin'>Other One>Wharf Rat>Throwin' Stones>NFA is just yummy and one of my personal favorite encores Baby Blue capped a hot night in Philly~!!!so please>GIVE IT A WHIRL~Forever Grateful>Forever Dead~!!!!
Reviewer: clovett - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2012
Subject: Top 5 moments of my life.
I'd seen the band a few times before and really gotten off in a huge way, but this show changed my life. I was selling prints in the parking lot while a steady drizzle fell. After some time my brother who was selling shrooms got tired of the weather suggested we just get tickets and head in. I was right on board and we and a few others headed in to the Spectrum. My brother who's still the finest "Head" I know was rather generous with the boomers! I'm not sure if it was the surprise of going to the show, the abundance of Oregon blue stems or the excellent opener, but after Shakedown nothing was ever the same! So from a completely biased listener this is a fantastic show! I can tel you this, after the show one of the guys with us who I would never call a Dead Head said " I don't know what they were doing, but that's the way music is supposed to be played!" Amen. Just had to add that my oldest beautiful daughter is named Cassidy.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2010
Subject: 3-30-87
Really nice and sweet show. A nice Healy ultramix recording too.
Reviewer: mmcadams - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2009
Subject: shakedown
how does the opening of shakedown street not give you chills?
Reviewer: John Bouffard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2009
Subject: Top 5?
I am having a hard time not putting this in the top 5 of 87. It is definitly top 10.
The whole show is excellant! The super six are togather and tight, Jerry sounds angry post space like someone pissed him off back stage?
Highlights? Shakedown,All Over Now, Good Time Blues,Stagger Lee,Loser,Cassidy,Aiko,St. Of Circumstance,He's Gone, Truckin>Other One>Wharfrat>T.Stones>NFA and Babyblue..
5 stars all day.........
Reviewer: devilbear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2007
Subject: Good recording, great crowd
Stagger Lee, Cassidy, Iko Iko are excellent.

Rating 5 stars reletive to other 1987 shows.
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2007
Subject: Man, Jerry is SMOKING tonite!
There are some monster performances tonight because Jerry's guitar is ABLAZE! Great Saint, Loser, He's Gone and a mind-numbing truckin' star in this great 87 show. 4 stars because the vocal quality of everybody tonight is a bit poor.
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2007
Subject: great show
I love this show....Stagger lee rocks as does Shakedown in set one...also, to the previous reviewer: you can also stream via an FM transmiter and record to cdr...

Internet cache usually allows you to play what is recent in your windows player...
4 stars for the show and 4 for sound...
Reviewer: dennygee_99 - - April 16, 2007
Subject: you can download any of these boards
you can download any of the streamin only boards by usin a program called "internet download manager" download the program then install it and double click on a streaming only song and you will be able to save it with the program
Reviewer: David Bolewski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2007
Subject: Wait and see
The recording gets much better several minutes into Shakedown. enjoy.
Reviewer: Mike1967 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2006
Subject: my 2nd show
dig it
Reviewer: DandyBear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2006
Subject: In a word, SUPERB!!!
Wow Wie! This show is excellent. The whole show is top notch. Including a tremendous second set. The boys wered definately on this night.

For all looking to download these shows. It's not allowed by the Dead anymore or certain members anyway. Proceed over to and set up an account there and learn how. The shows take a long time to download but when shows like this are the reward, who cares.
Reviewer: MazarianStudios - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2006
Subject: damn!
one the of best shows of '87...hands down.

and this He's Gone is the best. Just listen to the jam at the end...mindmelting...

Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2005
Subject: Excellent + high powered show - as good as '87 gets
Explain why this is not a 5??

Brent gets kudus for Good time blues (a favorite) listen to Jer wail during this. Great Shakedown, All over now is usually a sign they are going to cook and in fact they do.... Phil gets in the act with Box of rain - Listen to Garcia crush Loser.... This He's Gone is up there with the Nassau 1981 'Bobby Sands'... There was a defect somewhere along the way and could nto hear Other One but Throwing Stones made up huge...NFA is f*cking awesome!!
Reviewer: mustabeenthedoses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: He's Gone
This version of He's gone is one for the ages, I remember just sitting there listening to it in total awe, my jaw dropping from the sheer beauty of it all!
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2005
Subject: love Brent
His piano solo on Iko my God was he good. He was my favorite of all keyboardist for the Dead Pig pen an all Brent has a place in my heart for life. He was so talented its hard to quantify in words. On a side note I just finished burning Frost 89 and not my first time around listening buy any stretch but, man he was so sweet on his stuff its unreal. so pretty aghh...
ps. This He's Gone smokes.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2005
Subject: If not as instant euphorically pleasing as 3/29, there's greater musical depth to be found tonight.
That being said, I'd slightly recommend 3/29 over tonight. However, this is still a good show. Let's see why...

1st Set: Finally, my 1st 'Shakedown' of '87. Jerry's stroking my quench by hinting at it very obviously...Funky midsection but nothing out of the ordinary. "All Over Now" is speedy and rather plucky. "Stagger" is well told. "Never Trust" is concise yet filling out nicely. "Box," of course, gets the nod from the crowd. However, Who thinks Lesh's voice resembles anything melodic? Ouch, no-his voice is warm and emits a truthful genuineness. "Loser" keeps the jarring thematic contrasts alive. A thorough version with Jerry in good voice tonight. "Cassidy" is well-played but not climactic enough to merit closing out a set w/out "Ease," especially considering the set lasts only 45 minutes.

2nd Set: My body's starting to hop with the arrival of "Iko." Brent's solo, then Jerry adds life in this version as the drummers' bland routine is disaffecting. "Saint" yay?!, Though, it's a good version. Ahhh... here's my "He's Gone" from last night...Initally pretty, it moves to the land of the 'broods' where it seemingly hints at a "Nobody's," then veers away and settles for being a generous 15 minute version that segues into "Drums" which is mighty nice when the crowd claps along. "Truckin'" slides into birth from an non-distinctive "Space." Bobby's yelps elevate the band's energy from ordinary to active. There's no outro jam, instead Jerry instigates the charge to "OO." Lesh adds the formality 45 seconds later which allows Jerry to roam free. The 45 seconds of chaos that spews out before the first verse is undeniably a hi-lite of the show. Demon Weir lends his voice to an array of sound effects. ('s totally going to be the oo->wharf>throwing>nfa tonight considering the zero amount of new songs yet played.) "Wharf" cries out for human empathy. Unfortunately, the outro is waaay too rushed to elicit pity for poor August. "Throwing" is passionately sung but standard otherwise. "NFA" is more playful than norm with Bobby adding some 'be bop, bop, bop bop" of his own. Closes slightly prematurely for my tastes, tho...
"Babay Blue" closes this fine show with a classy grace.

More of a three and a half than 4 star trip.
Reviewer: ganjah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2005
Subject: throwin stones...
everyones talkin bout the shakedown & it is indeed a fine one..but check that throwin stones...nuff said.
Reviewer: stealthhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2004
Subject: shakedown indeed.............
great mix of audience and soundboard..and as usual, the spectrum brings out a really powerful performance by the entire band.....and the shaking nevr stops from there on..a must have.....
Reviewer: jhull515 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2004
Subject: crowd-mix
correction to my last review: no wonder the sound is so good - Soundboard recording with audience mixed in.

Four rating this time because it's not the "best ever" show, but still very vey good.
Reviewer: TheGuppie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2004
Subject: Shakedown
One of the best Shakedowns I ever saw ... seen many but this ranks right up there as one of the best!
Reviewer: johnnyg3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Philly Shakedown
You have to have this for the Shakedown. Garcia's leads are crankin!!!!! I really do not know how else to say it. It rocks.
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